David Kelly’s ‘Big Little Lies’ debuted to much critical acclaim. It starred a talented cast, including Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoë Kravitz.
Inspired by Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same name, the series garnered 16 primetime Emmy awards in its first season, sweeping home eight. However, while “Big Little Lies” has enthralled fans since its premiere in 2017, shooting some of the scenes unnerved one of its cast.
In a recent interview, Kravitz discussed her moments on the “Big Little Lies” set, stating she enjoyed starring in the series but was uncomfortable with the filming location.
‘It Is Such A White Area’
While chatting with The Observer, the Hollywood starlet said that she didn’t enjoy the place where “Big Little Lies” was shot, which was mainly in Monterey, California.
“There were a few moments where I felt a little uncomfortable because it is such a white area,” She said. “The Batman” star added: “Just weird racist people in bars and things like that.”
Kravitz once spoke about her challenges with racism in a 2017 interview with Allure. “Racism is very real, and white supremacy is going strong.” And identity is not something to be mocked or taken lightly,” she said.
“I went to private schools full of white kids. I think a lot of that made me want to blend in or not be looked at as black. The white kids are always talking about your hair and making you feel weird,” she added. “I had this struggle of accepting myself as black and loving that part of myself.”
Kravitz’s struggles with her biracial genes are now in the past. She overcame her initial misgivings, choosing to embrace her cultural heritage.
Critics Decried The Lack Of Diversity In “Big Little Lies’
“Big White Lies” revolved around a group of rich moms whose lives spun out of control after being embroiled in a murder investigation. One of the group’s moms, Bonnie Carlson, was played by Kravitz.
Reviewers have cited the lack of diversity inside “Big Little Lies” as one of the show’s major flaws. Kravitz was one of the few black performers in the entire cast, and she told The Observer that her part was “written for a white person.”
While Kravitz previously complimented the show for not making her character’s color an issue, a columnist from Refinery29 stated that not mentioning her ethnicity made her role pretentious.
Zoe Kravitz Auditioned For Christopher Nolan’s ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Rises’
Although the buzz from her “Big Little Lies” feature has since died down, Kravitz recently made headlines for starring as Catwoman in Matt Reeves’s “The Batman.” However, her latest feature was not her first attempt at joining the DC franchise.
The 33-year-old first tried out for the role in Christopher Nolan’s version of Batman – “The Dark Knight Rises” but was informed she was too “urban” for the part.
“I don’t know if it came directly from Chris Nolan,” she said. “I think it was probably a casting director of some kind or a casting director’s assistant….”
Zoe Kravitz Costarred With Robert Pattison In ‘The Batman’
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Getting turned down for the role was quite hard for Kravitz. Luckily, she took it in stride and auditioned again for Reeves iteration of the caped crusader blockbuster, winning the part and starring alongside Robert Pattison.
Together, they exuded a memorable chemistry onset that made Reeves draw attention to their special connection during a press tour. Since then, Kravitz has received praises for her role as the anti-hero Cat woman following “The Batman’s” debut in the theatres.
The Batman has already surpassed the $250 million mark at the global box office. Critics have also lauded the unique narrative path of the movie, which centered on Batman’s detective origins, cutting off ties to the DC extended universe.